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  1. Thanks very much for the info and the ideas, guys. I will follow up on them. John
  2. Hi, Gang. I haven't kept up-to-date about which vendors are doing what, with regard to original or reproduction, first generation Avanti vinyl interior fabric. Thinking about correct "grain" and color match, of course. Thanks for any suggestions about where to look. John
  3. Body color....on my very original '63 White Avanti. Logic should also tell us that the factory wouldn't take the time or the materials to mask off the engine bay area, and paint it in black, compared to simply shooting it in body color, as part of the overall exterior paint job. John
  4. An excellent period look for an Avanti II. To me, they look much more "performance" than Magnum 500's, wires or wire wheel caps. Thanks for sharing. John
  5. I had this same "manual" discussion with Mr. Boone in a PM a week or so ago. At that time, Dan hadn't gotten the purchase of an Avanti shop manual to the top of his priority list yet. I'm afraid it's a generational thing. Too easy and too quick to simply post online for assistance, rather than read about Avanti mechanical components in the actual shop manual (gaining some education, and perhaps the ability to solve a problem for oneself). No specific poke at Dan Boone intended. I think many of us have learned that if we don't have the basic knowledge or skill to troubleshoot a problem for ourselves, we simply have to seek out a shop that can fix the problem. YES, it's hard to find an experienced, interested service garage to work on our Avanti automobiles. But, that's simply another problem that needs to be solved by the car owner. Perhaps Dan isn't a member of the AOAI, and just uses this free forum. However, if he is an AOAI member, he can look in the membership roster, and contact other Avanti owners in his area to ask about shops they use and trust. John
  6. I don't get it, Dan. This is the same question you asked in another topic you started on February 28. Your initial topic is headlined: "Crooked steering wheel after new wheels and alignment" and is just a couple of topics down from this new one you just posted. Lots of guys gave you the benefit of their time and experience in replying to your first post. Your final post to this first topic was that you moved the steering wheel on the splined shaft, and the wheel was now straight. But now, you seem to be asking the original question all over again. Can you clarify what's going on? John
  7. Yes, Dan, most of us guys will suggest that you should get used to hearing that comment from your wife on a fairly regular basis! So, once you got the large nut off, could you tell if there was any factory index mark that would show the original (from the factory) position of the steering wheel on the shaft? If so, was the steering wheel and the shaft still indexed to that position? If no index mark, was your solution to simply relocate the position of the steering wheel a notch or two on the splined shaft, until the wheel was centered? Glad you're happy with the outcome. John
  8. Dan Boone: Did you get my PM (the little white envelope at the top right of the page)? A response would be appreciated. John
  9. Dan, it's wonderful that you're interested in your brother's Avanti, and want to start enjoying it. It sounds like you're a pretty persistent guy. You'll get to the bottom of this steering thing, for sure. Gary, with regard to your second paragraph: In my earlier comments, I meant that a prior owner or shop, might have moved the steering wheel on the splined shaft to center it (to compensate for all the front end wear-related issues Dan's shop eventually fixed). No telling what might have been done in the past! I sure agree with you that it's hard to do much but guess, when trying to help by long distance. John
  10. Hey, Guys....I believe all of us are assuming two things: First, perhaps the new tie rod ends aren't as "long" as the originals. Therefore, there would be less threaded shank available for the adjustment. Hopefully, Dan still has the original tie rod ends, and can compare their length to the ones the shop installed. Second assumption: That the steering wheel is currently properly indexed on the splined shaft, as observed when removing the center medallion on the steering wheel. It's been awhile since I had mine off, but I recall an indexing indication for the shaft and the wheel. Was it a cold chisel mark and a dot? I don't recall. Anyway, I believe Dan should twist off the medallion and check that. If his front end was so crappy before, perhaps someone previously relocated the steering wheel on the shaft to get the steering wheel centered. IF so, Dan can remove the steering wheel and rotate it back to the indexed position. Hopefully, that would yield a straight steering wheel positioning. If this doesn't take care of the issue, I think the consensus of comments "to find another shop" makes great sense. However, if the new shop can't inexpensively solve the steering wheel centering problem, I think I could live with repositioning the steering wheel on the splined shaft. This won't cause any problems with the turning circle or centering of the gears in the steering box, since the position of the splined shaft (thus what's inside the steering box) doesn't change in the least. You've only changed the position of the wheel that turns the shaft. John
  11. I still go back to my posting above, in which I asked if Lew (or anyone else) has contacted SI to investigate and solve this obvious problem. After all, this a product THEY commissioned for reproduction and are selling exclusively. I know most all of us original Avanti owners are thrilled these sun visors are being reproduced. It's a much-needed item. However, this excitement and any "gratitude" shouldn't preclude purchasers from asking SI to rectify the problem. I realize SI gave a refund to one of the guys posting above, but that's not the same as them taking care of the production issue....which would benefit all future purchasers. If SI doesn't want to get to the bottom of this, perhaps they would consider selling these visors un-dyed, and include an instruction sheet covering proper surface preparation. I know they already offer the various interior dye colors in spray cans. So, that would be an add-on sale. John
  12. Yes, Guys....my mistake. No star wheel adjuster on the Avanti rear brakes. I was thinking of the brake shoe configurations in the rear ends, used in some of the later Avanti II models. I apologize for misleading anyone. Back to Mike's issue for a minute. In some of the 1950's MOPAR cars we used to work on, we would measure the diameter across the surface of the new brake shoes. Then, we'd measure the inner diameter of the brake drum. We use this info to do a pre-adjustment on the brake shoes, before slipping the drum on. It might be helpful for Mike to try this, to see just how much he's off, as far as getting the drums over the new shoes. Also, ditto to Ed's comment about making sure the emergency brake cable is completely released. I should have remembered that. With the new fat shoes, the rear emergency brake cable adjusting yoke (#1110-16 behind the cable pivot on the frame) might have to be loosened up some. Perhaps a prior owner tighten it up to get the emergency brake to hold, as the rear brake shoes wore over the years. John
  13. Don't laugh, since this sounds almost too simple to be the source of your difficulty....but can we assume you have turned the star wheel brake shoe adjuster between the bottom of the two brake shoes totally "closed"? This would mean no threads (or very few threads) are showing on the brake adjuster shaft by the star wheel? Many times, I've had to back the adjuster all the way off (resulting in no expansion at the bottom of the shoes), and then still had to "rock" the brake drum or turn it in a circular direction to get the drum over new shoes. Once on, the drum usually turned fine in these situations. John
  14. Lew, is it fair to assume that you let the folks at SI know about the fawn dye adhesion problem you experienced? I wonder if they're dying these visors at their location, or if a vendor to SI is handling that. John
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